This past week I finished A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. For a little backstory before I begin on how I typically pick which book I am going to be reading. About a year ago I did a book exchange through facebook and ended up receiving over 30 books in the mail from people all over the state of Montana. I have read about half of them so far and this book came from this group. I also will randomly go into book stores and ask the clerk to just pick a book which is quite a social treat as well.
Alright now into this book. One thing I typically do when it comes to books and movies is that I always search for the good aspects of them. Sometimes this is a good thing and sometimes I do it to justify the crap I am seeing or reading. This was not the case for A Man Called Ove. I truly enjoyed this book from the very beginning where the opening chapter seemed as though I was reading about my grandpa inside an Apple store just as Ove was. Ove is just simply trying to buy an iPad but as you can imagine how any old man would react at words, such as, gigabytes, pixels, and IOS updates he was flat outraged. Even through all those words and confusion he doesn’t explode until the salesman explains that there is no physical keyboard. This exchange sets up how Ove reacts to situations throughout the book. The book constantly sets up Ove as your basin grumpy old man who like things to be in order and be reasonable. For Ove these things are as simple as knowing how to reverse a trailor, fix a radiator and of course owning a SAAB. The main point of the story is Ove wants to kill himself to be with his beloved wife Sonja who passed away from cancer 6 months earlier. He constantly comes up with ways to do so but is always interrupted by his new neighbor Parvaneh and her husband and children.
What stands out about the book to me is that it always portrays Ove as an angry and bitter man, which he is for certain reasons, but throughout the book you elarn who Ove really is and gives you the perspective you look at people in your own life and wonder what is going on in their life.
I am always going to give a reason to read a book. The reason to read Ove is because you will find yourself laughing at who Ove seems to be but find yourself understanding who Ove really is and what makes him special. I will be including my favorite quote or quotes from each book I read. Here are my favorite from Ove
“Ove feels an instinctive skepticism towards all people taller than six feet; the blood can’t quite make it all the way up to the brain.”
To love someone is like moving into a house,” Sonja used to say. “At first you fall in love in everything new, you wonder every morning that this is one’s own, as if they are afraid that someone will suddenly come tumbling through the door and say that there has been a serious mistake and that it simply was not meant to would live so fine. But as the years go by, the facade worn, the wood cracks here and there, and you start to love this house not so much for all the ways it is perfect in that for all the ways it is not. You become familiar with all its nooks and crannies. How to avoid that the key gets stuck in the lock if it is cold outside. Which floorboards have some give when you step on them, and exactly how to open the doors for them not to creak. That’s it, all the little secrets that make it your home. ”
“Death is a strange thing. People live their whole lives as if it does not exist, and yet it’s often one of the great motivations for the living. Some of us, in time, become so conscious of it that we live harder, more obstinately, with more fury. Some need its constant presence to even be aware of its antithesis. Others become so preoccupied with it that they go into the waiting room long before it has announced its arrival. We fear it, yet most of us fear more than anything that it may take someone other than ourselves. For the greatest fear of death is always that it will pass us by. And leave us there alone.”
I give A Man Called Ove 7 out of 10 cups of coffee because why not use coffee as a way of scoring. Good Read!